A My Health Record will be provided to every Australian unless they choose not to have one during a three month opt out period that will run from 16 July to 15 October 2018.
More than five million Australians already have a My Health Record, which provides an easily accessible summary of key health information including allergies, medical conditions, treatments, medicines and test reports.
The aim of My Health Record, is for health information to be easily shared between clinicians and patients, reducing the duplication of tests and improving coordination of care for patients with chronic and complex conditions.
The Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) is working with the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA), which is rolling out the system, to transition to the new record, said APHA CEO Michael Roff.
“When fully established the My Health Record should enable hospitals and clinicians to provide better care for their patients, through more complete records and better access to patient data,” said Michael Roff, CEO of APHA.
The record will enable patients, as well as a number of different clinicians, to add notes and documentation to the record.
ADHA CEO Tim Kelsey said the record was protected by strong privacy legislation.
“Strict privacy control, set by an individual, is a central feature of My Health Record. Each person can control the information in his or her My Health Record, and the healthcare provider organisations that can have access,” said Tim Kelsey, CEO of the Australian Digital Health Agency.
To learn more about My Health record, visit the website.